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Making Cooking More Fun by Adding Power Tools 

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Making Cooking More Fun by 
Adding Power Tools 

Written By: Jason Poel Smith 



cordless drill (1) 

Electric Mixing Attachment (1) 

Electric Whisk Attachment (1) 

Pepper Mill/Grinder (1) 

Rotary Cheese Grater (1) 

Larae Binder Clamp M) 

1/4" x 1"Boltm 

1/4" x 2" Bolt (1) 

1/4" Nut (2) 

1/4" Washer (optional) (2) 


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Making Cooking More Fun by Adding Power Tools 

Step 1 — Why cook with power tools? 


• When you think of power tools in 
the kitchen, you generally picture 
renovations and remodeling 
projects. However, they can also 
be quite useful in food preparation. 
But why would you ever want to 
use a cordless drill while cooking? 
Simply because it is fun. 

• And making a task fun is a great 
way to get the whole family 

Step 2 — Mixer/Whisk Attachment 

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• Probably the simplest and most straightforward application for a power drill is as a mixer 
or a whisk. After all, a drill and an electric mixer are pretty similar in both form and 
function. Just insert a standard mixing or whisk attachment into your drill and you have a 
power mixer. 

• This drill mixer performs adequately and has one major advantage over a standard mixer. 
It's cordless. The standard mixer keeps you tethered to the wall and doesn't let you wander 
more than a few feet from the outlet. But with this cordless drill mixer, you can take the 
bowl with you and mix as you walk from one side of the kitchen to the other. 

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Making Cooking More Fun by Adding Power Tools 

Step 3 — Pepper Mill Attachment 


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• Freshly ground spices always taste better than pre-ground spices. But grinding pepper by 
hand is slow and can be hard on your wrist. By adding a power drill we can make it 
substantially faster and easier. Here is how to attach a pepper mill to your drill. 

• Begin by removing the threaded metal knob from the top of the mill. This will expose the 
drive shaft. The drive shaft is what will be attached to the drill. If you are worried about 
damaging the threading on the end of the drive shaft, you can wrap it in tape before 
fastening your drill onto it. 

• If there is not enough of the drive shaft accessible to attach to the drill, you can also 
remove the top cap/turn crank. This will give you more drive shaft to work with but leaves 
the pepper chamber open. So if you remove the top cap, be careful not to spill the 

• Some pepper mill designs rely on the top knob to set the proper tension for grinding. Since 
we removed this part, you may need to apply this tension manually. If this is the case, all 
you need to do is gently pull the mill away from the drill during grinding. 

• You may wish to spend a few seconds practicing in order to get a feel for it. This lets you 
work out how to get the desired grind before attempting it on your actual dish. 

• Now that your power pepper grinder is complete, you are ready to make more fresh pepper 
than you will ever need. 

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Making Cooking More Fun by Adding Power Tools 

Step 4 — Cheese Grater Attachment 

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• What if you want to add some freshly grated cheese to your dish? No problem. Making a 
power cheese grater is easy. Start by disassembling a standard rotary cheese grater. The 
crank handle is the part that we will be modifying. Find and mark the center of rotation on 
the handle. 

• The drill a 1/4" hole all the way through the handle. Be careful to keep it lined up with the 
center point. If the attachment point isn't lined up with grater it will cause the whole thing to 
wobble during use. 

• Then insert a 1/4" bolt through the drilled hole with the head of the bolt on the inside of the 
grater. The length of the bolt isn't critical. It just needs to be long enough to stick out past 
the end of the handle by at least 1/2". 

• Then tighten a 1/4" nut onto the outside of the bolt and reassemble the cheese grater. Just 
attach the drill to the exposed bolt and you have a power cheese grater. If the bolt spins 
free of the handle during use, you need to tighten the nut more firmly until the handle and 
bolt spin together. 

• With your power cheese grater, you can make a mountain of freshly grated cheese in 

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Making Cooking More Fun by Adding Power Tools 

Step 5 — Dish Scrubber Attachment 

• When you are done cooking, your drill can even help you clean up. All you need is a 
simple dish scrubber attachment. To make one you will need the following materials: A 
large binder clamp; a 1/4 inch bolt that is at least 1 inch long; a 1/4 inch nut; two 1/4 inch 
washers; (optional) a dish sponge. 

• Start by drilling a 1/4 inch hole in the back of the binder clamp. Try to keep the hole as 
centered as possible. Insert the bolt through the hole so that the threads stick out of the 
back of the binder clamp. Then tighten a nut on the bolt (add washers if desired). Clamp a 
sponge into the binder clamp and the dish scrubbing attachment is complete. 

• Make sure that there is no point where the binder clamp might be exposed to the dishes. 
This can quickly scratch up and ruin a dish. Insert the dish scrubber attachment into your 
drill and you are ready to clean dishes with more power. 

By adding a power drill to everyday cooking tasks, you can make them more fun. It's a great 
way to get the family involved. 

This document was last generated on 2012-1 0-31 05:53:22 PM. 

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